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|Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:32 pm Post subject: Sask Metis Win Deal On Weapons Range
|Métis in northwestern Saskatchewan are expecting to hear about a major economic development initiative next week, connected to the long-running dispute over the Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range.
Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice will be in the area on Monday and is expected to announce compensation for Métis who were affected by the creation of the weapons range in 1953, CBC News has learned.
When it was set up, the range was declared off-limits to hunting and trapping, which disrupted the traditional Métis lifestyle in the area.
Ottawa paid out more than $700,000 in compensation between 1954 and 1961.
Some local people claimed they were coerced into signing an agreement, while others said they were uncertain of what they were signing.
In 2005, the previous Liberal government announced it would provide compensation to the Métis in the form of a $19.5-million economic development package. The original Liberal package would have given the money to the communities of Beauval, Île-à-la-Crosse, Jans Bay and Cole Bay. It would have included money for economic development, housing and education.
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